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Saturday 31 January 2015
The week in pictures

A herd of Pinot-chomping sheep, a trip to the decadent Paris Opera and a visit to a positively buzzing Australia Day Tasting make for an entertaining week in the drinks trade.



Jacob’s Creek puts winemakers upfront

Jacob’s Creek has announced the launch of a multi million pound UK marketing campaign featuring the brand’s winemakers and growers.

Dartmouth bans alcohol on campus

A US Ivy League college has banned its students from drinking or possessing hard alcohol on campus in a bid to boost its beleaguered reputation.

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The Drinks Business is proud to have been listed as the biggest drinks trade news site in the world, according to rankings published by Alexa.

Man trains rabbit to deliver beer

If you ever need convincing of the benefits of having a rabbit around the house, watch this video.


SIBA unveils BeerX event speakers

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has unveiled its keen lineup of speakers for BeerX, its celebration of British beer taking place in Sheffield this March.

BrewDog launches distribution division

Scottish brewer BrewDog has launched a global import and export division, announcing an exclusive supply deal with US craft brewer Stone Brewing Co.

Top 10 beers in the world press

Craft brews fit for the Super Bowl, a vegan fruit beer and a “massive” imperial stout that blew away its competition make it into this week’s round up.

Huntington Library acquires Pasteur’s beer notes

The Huntington Library in California has acquired French chemist Louis Pasteur’s notes on beer brewing, which date back to the 1870s.

China: Tianjin, Hebei, Beijing & Shandong

China became the biggest consumer of red wine in the world in January. Why such enthusiasm for wine?

by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

China: Xinjiang, Ningxia & Shanxi

Today, more than ever, the wine world has its eyes fixed on China. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

A guide to AB’s Super Bowl ads

Remember the days when every Super Bowl ad was a surprise? Now it seems advertisers are choosing to eliminate that joy, writes Dan Fox. by Dan Fox

Cocktail Trading Co: London’s next top bar?

London's soon-to-be-opened Cocktail Trading Co. is a real bartenders bar with no hidden puppet masters and ambitions to set the bar in terms of its ethical treatment of staff. by Ross Kerslake
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Magners launches ‘spider’ cider

Magners has launched its latest innovation onto the UK on-trade – a “spider” cider infused with whiskey.

Japanese whiskies see ‘fantastic’ results

Auction house Zachys has reported “fantastic” results for Japanese whiskies at its most recent sale in Hong Kong.

Biggest whisky festivals of 2015

Partial to a wee dram? Then keep in mind these upcoming whisky festivals taking place across the world in 2015.

Scotch industry ‘bigger than iron and steel’

The Scotch whisky industry is now bigger than the UK’s iron and steel, textiles, shipbuilding and computing industries, contributing £5 billion to the UK economy each year.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

A “racy” Zinfandel, “lush” Garnacha and a “turbo-charged” blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc are among the wines coveted by US wine writers this week.

Top 10 London craft breweries

With the inaugural London Beer Week Festival set to take place next month, we take a look at just some of the craft brewers currently making a name for themselves.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

An “exceptional” magnum of Chianti Classico Riserva and a selection of wines that pay homage to Australia Day feature in this week’s lineup.

Top 10 wines in the US press

A “robust” Michigan Merlot, powerfully aromatic Sicilian white and vibrant Chenin Blanc from South Africa got US wine writers’ tongues wagging this week.

Top 10 beers in the world press

This week’s roundup features a strong presence of Canadian craft beers, while showing a continuing need for hefty pours to counter the cold.

Top 10 winery dogs

Dogs often form an integral part of the winery, so much so that they become part of the family, eulogised in books and websites and immortalised on wine bottles.

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No plans for change at Mouton – yet

The late Baroness Philippine de Rothschild’s children have spoken of their plans for the future of Mouton Rothschild.

Chianti, meds and Hannibal Lector

When Hannibal Lector uttered his line about eating a man’s liver with “fava beans and a nice Chianti”, his food and wine matching choice was very deliberate.

HK experiencing Burgundy ‘revolution’

Two of Burgundy’s top producers, Nicolas Groffier and Sebastien Cathiard, have expressed their delight at the rapidly growing appreciation of Burgundy that is developing in Hong Kong.

Merchants await ’05 Parker reappraisal

With months before Parker pronounces on this year’s en primeur, and rumours he might not get to Bordeaux until April, merchants are eyeing up 2005.


Pernod strikes Champagne deal with Qantas

Drinks giant Pernod Ricard has struck a deal with Australia’s national carrier Qantas to serve Mumm and Perrier Jouët to its first class passengers.

MMD makes management changes

Charles King is to relinquish his role as managing director of Louis Roederer’s UK agency business, Maisons Marques et Domaines, to take up the position of vice-chairman.

Champagne ups reserve as sales grow

The Comité Champagne has confirmed it will increase reserve from last year’s harvest due to an expected 1% increase in sales for 2014.

Bordeaux ‘outpacing’ Burgundy on Liv-ex

Bordeaux has found a level at which buyers are prepared to return to the market and is beginning to outpace Burgundy and Champagne, says Gibbs.

Piper-Heidsieck named Oscars Champagne

Piper-Heidsieck has been named as the exclusive Champagne of the Academy Awards in a deal set to last three years.